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Skiles Heading to Lakeland in EAA’s Skycatcher

Jeff Skile and Kevin Loppnow
Jeff Skiles, right, and instructor Kevin Loppnow in the Cessna Skycatcher.

Jeff Skile and Kevin Loppnow
Skiles and Loppnow talk about flight characteristics of Cessna’s LSA

March 3, 2011 — Young Eagles co-chairman Jeff Skiles was in Oshkosh this week to train in the Cessna 162 Skycatcher, as he prepares to have his own great pre-Sun ’n Fun adventure and meet EAA chapter members and Young Eagles on his way to Lakeland. 

Skiles will be highlighting the Young Eagles program in four cities beginning on March 19 as EAA Chapters in those communities fly Young Eagles. The aircraft tour will give special visibility to the program, which this week was highlighted for the important role Young Eagles plays in creating the next generation of aviators.

“This will be a grand adventure, flying and inspiring young people through EAA’s Young Eagles program,” said Skiles, who co-chairs Young Eagles with Captain Sully Sullenberger. “Flying the Cessna Skycatcher will only add to the fun of this journey, as we have the opportunity to create the next generation of aviators, tell people about the wonderful world of flight and possibilities that exist for all of us in the sky.”

The Skycatcher flown on the tour is also a special attraction, as it is the type of airplane that will be given away as the grand prize on July 31 in the annual EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes. Entry forms for the Sweepstakes are available online through EAA’s sweepstakes website.
The tour stops for Skiles and the Skycatcher include:

  • Saturday, March 19: St. Louis, Mo. (EAA Chapter 32)
  • Sunday, March 20: Lebanon/Nashville, Tenn. (EAA Chapter 863)
  • Saturday, March 26: Columbia, S.C. (EAA Chapter 242)
  • Sunday, March 27: Spruce Creek, Fla. (EAA Chapter 288)

 “The Young Eagles program has proven to be extremely successful in attracting young people to aviation and helping them on the pathway toward becoming an aviator,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president/CEO. “We want to recognize the work of the 45,000 volunteer EAA-member pilots and 50,000 ground volunteers in the program’s success. To have a noted aviator such as Jeff Skiles pilot an aircraft to these locations and help fly more kids is a way to bring more visibility to the possibilities available for young people through Young Eagles. Join us and bring the family if you’re in the area.”

The Skycatcher will also be on display at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, March 29-April 3, with sweepstakes entries available at the EAA exhibit.

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